Awards and citations:

1997: Le Prix du Champagne Lanson Noble Cuvée Award for investigations into Champagne for the Millennium investment scams

2001: Le Prix Champagne Lanson Ivory Award for

2011: Vindic d'Or MMXI – 'Meilleur blog anti-1855'

2011: Robert M. Parker, Jnr: ‘This blogger...’:

2012: Born Digital Wine Awards: No Pay No Jay – best investigative wine story

2012: International Wine Challenge – Personality of the Year Award

Saturday, 27 May 2017

Sadly SNCF KO's my visit to VitiLoire

I was looking forward to spending a few hours at VitiLoire in Tours today but unfortunately the SNCF appears to no longer run its train around 9.30am that gets into Tours mainline station about 10am just in time for the start of VitiLoire. 

Instead to get Tours I have to catch a train at around 7.15am with the next departure from Chenonceaux not until after 17.00. Madness!

Instead I decided to put in some miles for our Parkinson Pedallers' ride from Paulillac to La Lavinière in the Minervois – a good two hours or more on the pleasant and quiet Touraine roads. This is such a contrast after the crowded and busy London roads. Here most drivers give you plenty of space when they pass. Unfortunately there are the occasional few who pass too close despite it being very easy to give us a wider berth. 

We will be ride from Pauillac to La Livinière (Minervois) from 12th to 16th June to raise money for Parkinson's disease. Our ride has been inspired by Fergus Henderson, co-owner and chef at St John restaurant in Smithfield, London. Fergis and his business partner – Trevor Gulliver – have a vineyard in the Minervois. They have an annual fête des vins and our ride is tied into this celebration.

We would really appreciate any donation you are able to make to help combat Parkinson's. Many thanks.  


Friday, 26 May 2017

Pique-Nique chez le Vigneron Indépendant: 3rd-5th June 2017

The 2017 edition of this excellent initiative is over the weekend of 3rd - 5th June. It is a simple formula – you provide the picnic and the vigneron will provide the wine. 

Details here of the 60 Loire domaines involved in the picnic. 

'Les 3, 4 et 5 juin prochain,
40 domaines viticoles du Centre Val de Loire
ouvrent leurs portes en plein vignoble
Un moment convivial à partager entre amis ou en famille
Les Vignerons Indépendants ouvrent leurs portes le temps d’un week-end pour faire découvrir leur métier, leurs vignes, leurs chais, leurs caves au cœur des plus beaux paysages du Val de Loire !
Le principe est simple, vous apportez votre pique-nique et le vigneron indépendant vous offre le vin à déguster et vous accueille avec des tables et chaises pour un moment de convivialité garanti.
Des activités pour tous et pour tous les âges
En famille ou entre amis, vous pourrez vous amuser et découvrir l’univers des vignerons d’une manière pédagogique et ludique avec des activités comme  les randonnées dans les vignes, les chasses aux trésors, les ateliers culinaires, les concerts de musique, les balades en calèche dans les vignes ou en barque sur la Loire… et bien d’autres encore ! A chaque personnalité ses animations.
Préparer son week-end Pique-nique, c’est facile !
Un site internet avec un module de recherche par géo-localisation est à votre disposition pour préparer le weekend très facilement, à quelques pas de chez vous ou pour un week-end dans le vignoble.
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Thursday, 25 May 2017

CIVC's objection to Champagne Jayne's Oz trademark humiliatingly thrown out

'We advise that opposition to the above trademark (Champagne Jayne Logo) has been dismissed by the decision of a Delegate of the Registrar dated 04 April 2017.' Jayne Powell was advised of the decision in a letter dated 17th May 2017 by IP Australia.

This latest humiliation for the CIVC, who attempted to overawe and then bankrupt Jayne, one of Champagne's most ardent supporters, should bring down the curtain on this wretched case which should never have been bought. 

All credit to Jayne for having the fortitude and determination to stand up to the bullying CIVC at huge personal cost.  

I trust that the CIVC will do the decent thing and pay the costs involved. However, I'm not holding my breath..... 

Update – 26th May 2017: Details of of the decision to dismiss CIVC's objection here.